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The Gem/Boise County Fair and Rodeo persevered through one of its hottest week’s ever, dodged some Saturday storm threats, and posted perhaps a record sales total at the Livestock Sale on Saturday.

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Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie presented five members of the community with Emmett’s “Going-The-Extra-Mile Award at the City Council meeting on July 27.

Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie administers the oath of office to Robert Buch of Emmett. Buch, a painting contractor, was appointed by the Emmett City Council to a 6-year term on the City Zoning Commission effective immediately.

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The City of Emmett adopted last night, April 27, a pair of amendments to its Comprehensive Plan that will effectively make Development Impact Fees (DIF) a part of its plan to have new growth “pay for itself”.

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Matt Askew is not necessarily a man of few words, but he is definitely one whose actions speak louder than his words. The Gem/Boise County Rodeo director puts his time, energy and passion into nourishing and improving the Rodeo and the Gem County Fairgrounds, year round – not just for 30 day…

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Mosquitoes collected in traps during routine surveillance within the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD) have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Jason Kinley, Director of the abatement district. Results of the West Nile virus tests on mosquitoes collected on July 21…

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A large group of aviation and education enthusiasts turned out Tuesday, July 13, to tour the newest hangar to open at the Emmett City Airport. The hangar in question is one that has come about through generous community support to provide a birthplace for an aviation program addition to the …

This is the first of a series of articles that will be in the Messenger Index during the 2021 mosquito season. The purpose of the series is to present timely information pertaining to mosquito control efforts in the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD). Information about surveillan…

Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie presented five members of the community with Emmett’s “Going-The-Extra-Mile Award at the City Council meeting on July 27.

Idahoans will begin receiving direct deposits or mailed checks in the form of income tax relief starting next week following the passage of Governor Brad Little’s historic tax relief package earlier this year.

Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie administers the oath of office to Robert Buch of Emmett. Buch, a painting contractor, was appointed by the Emmett City Council to a 6-year term on the City Zoning Commission effective immediately.

Friday evening, July 30, the Gem County Sheriff’s office announced that the body of a Gem County senior they had been looking for since Wednesday has been discovered.

The City of Emmett adopted last night, April 27, a pair of amendments to its Comprehensive Plan that will effectively make Development Impact Fees (DIF) a part of its plan to have new growth “pay for itself”.

Matt Askew is not necessarily a man of few words, but he is definitely one whose actions speak louder than his words. The Gem/Boise County Rodeo director puts his time, energy and passion into nourishing and improving the Rodeo and the Gem County Fairgrounds, year round – not just for 30 day…

Mosquitoes collected in traps during routine surveillance within the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD) have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Jason Kinley, Director of the abatement district. Results of the West Nile virus tests on mosquitoes collected on July 21…

A large group of aviation and education enthusiasts turned out Tuesday, July 13, to tour the newest hangar to open at the Emmett City Airport. The hangar in question is one that has come about through generous community support to provide a birthplace for an aviation program addition to the …

This is the first of a series of articles that will be in the Messenger Index during the 2021 mosquito season. The purpose of the series is to present timely information pertaining to mosquito control efforts in the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD). Information about surveillan…

For the casual Fair and Rodeo spectator, the 2021 Gem/Boise County Fair and Rodeo may appear to get underway next week. For many of the 4-H kids and their families, however, the show begins this weekend.

For about two hours the morning of July 13 if you weren’t present at the Emmett Airport, but watching some rare looking planes cutting through the smokey haze over the valley, you might have thought you had slipped into a different time and place.

As if a record-setting heat wave was not enough, two additional threats have come to the forefront to challenge Gem County residents welfare in the coming weeks.

Since 1988 Emmett has been home to Cruise Night. What started as an anniversary sales promotion at Roe Ann’s Drive In has become part of the storied history of the community. One year later a car show was added to the date and now thousands come to Emmett to admire hundreds of vintage, class…

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After a two-year absence of the popular Wings & Wheels springtime classic due to COVID-19 and airport construction, public events are returning to the Emmett Airport this summer. On Tuesday July 13, the Emmett Airport users and Payette River Regional Technical Academy (PR2TA) are happy t…

The Idaho Commission on the Arts has awarded three master artists and their qualified apprentices $3,000 each as part of the annual Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. The program is designed to facilitate learning partnerships between a recognized master artist and an apprentice to con…

Diners at Tom’s Cabin had the pleasure of table service provided by members of the Gem County Sheriff’s Office on June 5. They were serving up chicken fried steak, patty melts and the entire menu at the rural Gem County eatery, and providing a check at the end of the meal rather than a ticket.

The implementation of Impact Fees on new construction in Gem County has been advocated by some for many years. Early investigation by City and County officials gave the indication that the cost and administrative hassle would not be worth the revenues raised.

The Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) has released a new statewide inventory of landslides that will assist emergency managers and planners with hazard mitigation and identification of problematic hot spots.

It’s very difficult to get a hard count on the number of people who attend the Emmett Cherry Festival. Without admissions and crowd control gates it comes down to some form of guesstimate.

Be ready for a break in the weather (perhaps as low as 99 degrees on Sunday) to come out and enjoy the Gem County Fireworks display from the Gem Island Sports Complex in Emmett.

Right now 80% of Idaho is in drought, which is nearly five times the drought area recorded at this time last year. Idaho Department of Lands Fire (IDL Fire) is boosting fire resources this year with increased fire engine staff, additional use of drones for more efficient fire suppression, an…

An excessive heat warning has been issued for most of the Pacific Northwest through this week, and likely to be extended beyond the Fourth of July weekend.

We know the Smokey Bear saying by heart: Only you can prevent forest fires. But every year, nationally, around 80% of wildfires are caused by humans. That jumps to more than 90% of fires when you look at what the Idaho Department of Lands has responded to this year. It could be a thrown ciga…

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Winds reported as high as 70 miles per hour left havoc in its pathway, Tuesday evening, June 22. Fallen trees were the most prevalent evidence of the swath of destruction the 30-minute storm left in its wake. A power outage of up to six hours affected some parts of the City of Emmett.

The Emmett School District Transportation Department works hard to make sure your children — our students — are safe day in and day out.

Fire departments from throughout the Treasure Valley responded to a rural farm fire Thursday, northwest of Emmett. The late afternoon blaze consumed a vacant former farmhouse and a working farm shop on Hillview Road despite efforts from fire departments as far away as Boise. The rural locati…

One woman lost her life and another was seriously injured Tuesday evening when a tree fell on top of their vehicle in the Antelope Campground at Sage Hen Reservoir Tuesday evening. 

The entire arena at the Gem County Fairgrounds has received a face lift this spring, including the replacement of the wooden grandstands. New aluminum seating for 1,500 is now in place with full ADA compliant access and unobstructed views.

As you may know, the Emmett School District has received federal funds to mitigate costs related to COVID. We’ve tried our best to use the funds appropriately and gained approval at the state level before spending any of those monies.

The Emmett School District staff, including Superintendent Woods and Clerk of the Board Angela Mattingly and nine others, is moving to its new location, 119 N. Wardwell Avenue, this week.

Success is a sometimes conditional term. Not this year for the 86th annual Emmett Cherry Festival. It was an unconditional success according to event organizers, vendors, and attendees.

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